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      Deadline

      PG-13 Released Feb 17, 2012 1h 35m Mystery & Thriller List
      0% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 53% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A Nashville reporter (Steve Talley) meets threats and opposition from all sides when he delves into the long-unsolved murder of a black youth in rural Alabama. Read More Read Less

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      Robert Abele Los Angeles Times Has all the dramatic punch of a community theater production. Rated: 1.5/5 Apr 12, 2012 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material... Rated: 1/5 Apr 12, 2012 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The plot, in short, is underwhelming. It merely follows the reporters as the screenplay serves them the solution to their case on a silver platter. Rated: 2/4 Apr 12, 2012 Full Review Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ...it's not evil and it's enjoyable in the same way the really terrible movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 were enjoyable (or at least it was for me and my jaded sensibilities)... a well-intentioned mess. Rated: 80/100 Apr 29, 2012 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International A case involving the murder of a black youth gets solved here, but absolutely nothing could help this numbingly awful, undoubtedly well-intentioned but who-cares-it's-so-bad farrago. Apr 13, 2012 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) The acting is the strong suit of this 'cold case civil rights murder' drama, with songwriter J.D. Souther -- who resembles a more professorial Clint Eastwood -- making a particularly distinct impression. Rated: 2/4 Mar 2, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member If the story wasn't true, the treatment of this tragedy would be laughable. It wouldn't even be worthy as a TV movie. Even the music was clumsy and uninspiring. Except for Eric Robert's participation, and Jeremy Childs as Editor Walker Burns, all of the acting seems flimsy and fake. "Wallace Sampson" deserved better. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member superb simple twist turn everywhere Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Great, encouraging story! Justice wins out. Based on true story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This one is available on Netflix and it was surprisingly good, more so when I found out it is inspired by true events! Apparently the real crime took place in a small South Carolina town and was not investigated for decades. In the film a black 18 year old named Wallace Sampson (Romonte Hamer) is shot to death in rural Alabama. The case goes uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an idealistic young blueblood named Trey Hall (Lauren Jenkins) bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancée, and his father's cancer diagnosis. Recommended... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member screw what everybody else say's it not that bad Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A film with some of the worst acting ever seen, Deadline (an AWFUL title) came across as a bad student film destined for a very short theatrical release. Saw this in Tennessee, and figured it's only in theaters here hoping to capitalize on the that it was filmed here. Clichéd dialogue, stereotypical characters & unbelievable story development plague this film "inspired by a true story". Felt like a film from the 60s, not one from 2012. There are many great films dealing with racial issues, but this is not one. But it was great to Eric Roberts, who was the lone bright spot. March 5, Addendum Note the two new "positive" user reviews are from the same person. Click on Cole and you'll see that the reviewer's name is Leslie Hutchens! My hunch is she worked on the film or is related to someone that did. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Nashville reporter (Steve Talley) meets threats and opposition from all sides when he delves into the long-unsolved murder of a black youth in rural Alabama.
      Director
      Curt Hahn
      Producer
      Hunter Atkins, Ron Routson, Curt Hahn
      Screenwriter
      Mark Ethridge
      Distributor
      Transcendence
      Production Co
      Transcendent
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Mature Thematic Material)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 17, 2012, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 4, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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